26 June 2009

Don't trust the president, White House says

Friday, June 19, 2009

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made the following statement after the Associated Press reported that the White House said "the president's rhetoric shouldn't be taken literally" on health care.

"On Monday, the President ‘promised' the American people, ‘If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.' Today, the White House told the American people that they cannot, and should not, take President Obama at his word."

"A promise that can't be taken literally is not a promise at all. Americans with private health insurance want to keep it - they literally want to keep the insurance they have - and they should be able to do so. The American people like President Obama personally, and they want to be able to trust him. But when his own White House admits that the President's rhetoric is detached from reality, the President erodes that trust."

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't read that. I can't believe it. I guess they are achieving new levels of transparency, openly admitting that you can't take promises literally. The problem with figurative promises is that there is no bounds to what it really means.